In what was quite an unexpected turn of events, the latest Serie A round saw the top two clubs in the ranking both losing their games as Lecce shocked Lazio and Juventus saw Milan coming from behind after taking a two-goal lead. A disappointing Inter side were held onto a draw by Verona and Atalanta took advantage of the situation to pass Conte’s Nerazzurri.
Verona and Inter shared the spoils in a vibrant game at the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi Stadium on Thursday night in the last fixture of Serie A Round 31. Miguel Veloso ultimately equalized for the home side after Antonio Candreva’s brace had overturned Darko Lazovic’s rapid lead, sealing a 2-2 score which was of little use to both sides.
Inter-Verona of September 15, 1991, looked like an average beginning-of-the-season game which ended with an average 2-0 score for the Nerazzurri. Nothing from this match would make it a remarkable occurrence if it weren’t for the fact that it featured four penalties, all awarded to the home side, and that Inter managed to miss three of them.
Milan beat Juventus 4-2 to capture their fourth win in five games after the lock-down as the Bianconeri experienced an authentic blackout and gave away a two-goal lead. It was Milan’s first Serie A win over the black-and-whites since four years. Far from saying that Juventus’ claim on the Scudetto is at risk, but Maurizio Sarri’s band suddenly found themselves fragile.
Two Italian representatives engaged in an inspiring discussion about the role of women in football today at the World Football Summit. Ornella Desiree Bellia, Head of Professional Football at FIFA, and Magda Pozzo, Strategic Marketing Coordinator of Serie A club Udinese, joined a panel that discussed how women can lead the change in the football world.
Serie A Round 30 was split between two days only, with eight games played on Sunday after a Saturday appetizer featuring the Derby of Turin and an interesting Lazio-Milan battle. Stefano Pioli’s Rossoneri savagely dented Lazio’s title ambitions by finding the back of the net three times while Juventus easily saw off their city rivals to place a strong claim on the Scudetto.
The name of Enzo Maresca probably won’t ring any bell to most Juventus fans, especially the younger ones. After all, this journeyman midfielder collected only 37 caps for the Bianconeri across 4 seasons. Still, Maresca is mostly remembered at Juventus for his famous celebration after scoring in a Derby della Mole against cross-town rivals Torino.
Pietro Puzone once won the Scudetto with Napoli playing alongside Diego Maradona. Today, he lives as a homeless person in his native town of Acerra. The sad story of this former football player has been making headlines in Italy over the past few days as a video of Puzone living in dreadful conditions circulated in multiple sport media outlets.
“Pazza” Inter. Crazy Inter. No team in Italy can take their fans on a rollercoaster of emotions like the Nerazzurri. A game that truly exemplifies the unpredictable attitude of Inter is their epic comeback from January 9, 2005, when they were down 0-2 to Sampdoria at the San Siro with just 7 minutes to go, but still managed to collect an incredible win.
For all football fans, he will always remain Ronaldo’s first manager in the Serie A. Luigi “Gigi” Simoni, a football coach and a gentleman, passed away on Friday at 81. His name is mostly linked to the 1997-98 season when he led Inter to win the UEFA Cup but lost his Scudetto chances in a controversial game against Juventus.
Giuseppe Gazzoni Frascara, who passed away on Saturday at 84, was the President of Bologna for 12 years, from 1993 to 2005. Although not properly a calcio lover, he managed to pick up the pieces of a club on the verge of bankruptcy and raise them back to the heights of the Serie A, just one step away from a sensational Champions League qualification.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that Italy will be in a total lockdown until at least April 3 to contain the coronavirus outbreak – extending to the whole country the extreme measures originally announced yesterday for 14 provinces only. The restriction also applies to any sports activity, including the Serie A and lower divisions.